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All the souls that were, were forfeit once; and He that might the vantage best have took, found out the remedy: how would you be, if he, which is the top of judgment, should but judge you as you are?

0, think on that; and mercy then will breathe within your lips, like man new made.-ISAB. II., 2.

Ay, but to die, and go we know not where ; to lie in cold obstruction, and to rot.-CLAUD. III., 1.


Best men are moulded out of faults.—MARI. V., 1.


Good counsellors lack no clients.-Clo. I., 2.


Heaven doth with us, as we with torches do; not light them for themselves : for if our virtues did not go forth of us, 'twere all alike as if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touch'd, but to fine issues : nor nature never lends the smallest scruple of her excellence, but like a thrifty goddess, she determines herself the glory of a creditor, both thanks and use.—DUKE, I., 1.


I love the people, but do not like to stage me to their eyes.-DUKE, I., 1.

It is excellent to have a giant's strength ; but it is tyrannous to use it like a giant.-ISAB. II., 2.

Ignominy in ransom, and free pardon, are of two houses : lawful mercy is nothing akin to foul redemption.-Isab. II., 4.

It oft falls out, to have what we'd have, we speak not what we mean.-ISAB. II., 4.


Let there be some more test made of my metal, before so noble and so great a figure be stamp'd upon it.-Ang. I., 1.


Man, proud man! drest in a little brief authority; most ignorant of what he's most assur’d, his glassy essence, - like an angry ape, plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven, as make the angels weep.—Isab. II., 2.

Make not impossible that which but seems unlike.ISAB. V., 1.

0 Our doubts are traitors, and make us lose the good we oft might win, by fearing to attempt.-Lucio. I., 5.


Pardon it; the phrase is to the matter.-ISAB. V., 1.



Some rise by sin, and some by virtue fall.-ESCAL.



The heavens give safety to your purposes !--ANG. I., 1.

Though you change your place, you need not change your trade.-Clo. I., 2.

'Tis one thing to be tempted, Escalus, another thing to fall.ANG. II., 1.

The miserable have no other medicine, but only hope. -CLAUD. III., I.

The poor beetle, that we tread upon, in corporal sufferance finds a pang as great as when a giant dies. -ISAB. III., 1.

Truth is truth to the end of reckoning.–ISAB. V., 1.

That life is better life, past fearing death, than that which lives to fear.—DUKE, V., 1.


Virtue is bold, and goodness never fearful.-DUKE, II., 1.


We must not make a scare-crow of the law, setting it up to fear the birds of prey, and let it keep one shape, till custom make it their perch, and not their terror.ANG. II., 1.

What's yet in this, that bears the name of life ? yet in this life lie hid more thousand deaths : yet death we fear, that makes these odds all even.-DUKE, III., 1.

What king so strong, can tie the gall up in a slanderous tongue ?-DUKE, III., 2.

king Richard the third.


Ah, that deceit should steal such gentle shapes, and with a virtuous visor hide deep vice !-Duch. Act II., Scene 2.

As well the fear of harm, as harm apparent in my opinion, ought to be prevented.—Buck. II., 2.

All unavoided is the doom of destiny.-K. RICH. IV., 4.

An honest tale speeds best, being plainly told.-Q. ELIZ. IV., 4.

A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse !—K. Rich. V.,



By a divine instinct, men's minds mistrust ensuing danger; as, by proof, we see the water swell before a boist'rous storm.—3 Cit. II., 3.

By his face straight shall you know his heart.Hast. III., 4.

Be not ta'en tardy by unwise delay.-Stan. IV., 1.

Be brief, lest that the process of thy kindness last longer telling than thy kindness' date.-Q. Eliz. IV., 4.

By the apostle Paul, shadows to-night have struck more terror to the soul of Richard, that can be the substance of ten thousand soldiers, armed in proof, and led by shallow Richmond.-K. Rich. V., 3.


Conscience is but a word that cowards use, devis'd at first to keep the strong in awe; our strong arms be our conscience, swords our law.-K. Rich. V., 3.


Fearful commenting is leaden servitor to dull delay. -K. RICH. IV., 3.


God is much displeased that you take with unthankfulness his doing; in common worldly things, 'tis call'd—ungrateful, with dull unwillingness to repay a debt, which with a bounteous hand was kindly lent; much more to be thus opposite with heaven, for it requires the royal debt it lent you.-Dor. II., 2.

Harp not on that string.-K. Rich. IV., 4.

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